The Jewish Agency's Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam is set to harness the energies and passion of Jewish young adults from Israel and around the world, who will spend three months working and learning together in onsite service projects in vulnerable communities throughout the world and in Israel.
By highlighting the Jewish values that speak directly to sustainable development, social justice, and leadership, Project TEN will serve as a unique immersive service-learning framework for volunteers wishing to engage in sustainable development as they themselves develop – forming an extensive Jewish identity-building experience.Volunteers in each of our development centers will be carefully chosen from all over the world, connecting the global Jewish family to one another and to Israel. Read more.
From Kim Schwachtman, JUF Chicago mission to Gondar:
"I thought the day ended on an incredibly powerful note, as we listened to young adult volunteers from Israel who have come to Ethiopia to do Tikkun Olam. It was clear from the expressions on their faces and from the words they spoke that in just the three months’ time that these volunteers have been working with those in need and at risk, it has been a life-changing experience for them. This new Jewish Agency program is doing far more than reinforcing the Jewish identities of these young adult volunteers. This experience is allowing them to see and feel the impact of their work, and they know they have been an important part of helping to change the future lives of those they are helping. What a priceless reward!
Back in Israel, Project TEN recently opened its first Tikkun Olam center. The collaboration between Project TEN and Tlalim – Israel Corps, has opened in Kiryat Shmona, located at the very tip of Israel's northern panhandle.
"We have an extraordinary staff in place there, who are enjoying full cooperation with the local municipality and Tel-Hai College," according to initiative officials. "The TEN experience in Kiryat Shmona includes an adapted Jewish learning curriculum to reflect the culture, needs, and learning opportunities in the Galilee and in Israel; an academic course by Tel-Hai College’s Yuvalim Center for Pluralism; and free use of the Vancouver House and Youth Center."
The center welcomed its first cohort of volunteers on February 11th: nine participants from the States and six Israeli students from Tel-Hai, who will receive a partial scholarship from the College for their work with Project TEN.